YPN Membership

General Membership

General membership is free to all staff. General members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Local and regional events: Chapters offer at least one event per year, focusing on professional and leadership development, networking, and recognition. In some geographic areas, multiple chapters may offer regional events that combine general session keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and more. (Registration fees apply.)
  • E-newsletters: Y-USA publishes a monthly online e-newsletter that includes informational and inspiring stories from Y leaders across the Movement. Each chapter publishes a quarterly newsletter sharing information about local YPN initiatives and events.
  • Professional development trainings: A new suite of eLearnings has been created specifically for YPN members. Prime members can take these trainings at no cost; the registration fee for general members is $10.
  • A vast career-support network: Members have the opportunity to connect with hundreds—even thousands—of other Y staff who share their interests and can offer career guidance, support, and advice. Through this network, YPN members benefit from peer-to peer learning and innovation among staff who specialize or are interested in Aquatics, Child Care, and Membership, just to name a few. To become a part of one of these networks, simply select your areas of interest in your profile on Link.

Prime Membership

In addition to all the benefits of general membership, YPN prime members receive the following:

  • Discounts: Prime members receive selected eLearnings free and a 20 percent discount on all YPN events.
  • Eligibility to receive Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) grants: YPN prime members who have been members for six continuous months are eligible to request an EAF grant, which provides financial aid when an accident, illness, death of a loved one, disaster, or another crisis strikes. To find out more about EAF or to request a grant, visit the YMCA Professional Network page on Link.
  • Leadership opportunities: Prime members are eligible for chapter and event leadership roles.
  • Leadership Learning Journeys: This YPN quarterly webcast series features interactive conversations with Y CEOs and others in senior leadership positions, who share stories and lessons learned from their career experiences.
  • Formal recognition: Prime members are eligible to be nominated and formally recognized at chapter events. This recognition is designed to lift up staff who exemplify the cause-driven Y leader.

To become a YPN prime member, staff members complete a five-minute YPN Prime eRegistration in the Learning and Career Development Center (LCDC) and pay a small annual membership fee ($65). Contact Emily Michaels at emichaels@somersetcountyymca.org for additional information.